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Start of winter brings first 'swanfall' at WWT Slimbridge
09 Dec 2019

Start of winter brings first 'swanfall' at WWT Slimbridge

More than 50 swans have arrived at Slimbridge heralding the arrival of winter...

Never seen before footage shows endangered fish embarking on 4000 mile journey
27 Nov 2019

Never seen before footage shows endangered fish embarking on 4000 mile journey

An eel has been recorded leaving Gloucestershire wetlands to begin its epic voyage to the Sargasso Sea, completing the final chapter of its life...

Which animals hibernate in the UK? And how you can help them
28 Oct 2019

Which animals hibernate in the UK? And how you can help them

Find out how and why animals hibernate, how hibernation actually works, and which wetland animals use hibernation as a survival technique during winter in the UK. ...

The Leucistic Goose – Giant Flocks and the Glorious Glitches within them
28 Oct 2019

The Leucistic Goose – Giant Flocks and the Glorious Glitches within them

Barnacle geese visit the Solway each year in their thousands and amongst the flock are a handful of rare birds that are a result of a genetic flaw...

Funding helps support our work in Cambodia
11 Oct 2019

Funding helps support our work in Cambodia

WWT has been awarded a grant by the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) for our work to conserve the globally Vulnerable sarus crane in the Lower Mekong Delta in Cambodia. ...

Wild barnacle geese take climate action
03 Sep 2019

Wild barnacle geese take climate action

2019 research has shown that migratory barnacle geese are actively adjusting their traditions to climate change, shifting their migration routes within the last 25 years. ...

Endangered ducklings hatch at Arundel Wetland Centre
07 Jun 2019

Endangered ducklings hatch at Arundel Wetland Centre

The first scaly-sided merganser ducklings ever hatched at any Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) arrived at Arundel mid-May 2019 and are thriving. ...

The chips are down! Miracle birds hatched from ‘muddy potato’ eggs return thousands of miles to rearing site
23 May 2019

The chips are down! Miracle birds hatched from ‘muddy potato’ eggs return thousands of miles to rearing site

Rare black-tailed godwits hand-reared at WWT Welney after their eggs were freed from muddy farmland have flown thousands of miles home for summer. ...

Wetlands key to ecosystem restoration
22 Mar 2019

Wetlands key to ecosystem restoration

A specific wetland programme under the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration would help the world reach its ambitious goals of sustainable development, halting biodiversity loss and tackling climate change, says WWT...

History made as world's rarest bird released into the wild
28 Dec 2018

History made as world's rarest bird released into the wild

A duck thought to be extinct for 15 years has been brought back from the brink and given a new home on a remote lake in Madagascar. Some 21 Madagascar pochards spent a week in the safety of the world’s first floating aviaries on Lake Sofia in the nor...

It could become legal to kill wild barnacle geese in the UK in the future
26 Nov 2018

It could become legal to kill wild barnacle geese in the UK in the future

It could become legal to kill wild barnacle geese in the UK in the future, if a proposal by Norway to the EU is adopted. The reason is that the species has increased through conservation efforts to stop it sliding towards extinction. UK numbers of Sval...

New WWT study reveals what captive flamingos get up to when the lights go out
05 Oct 2018

New WWT study reveals what captive flamingos get up to when the lights go out

Captive flamingos are as active as their wild counterparts at night despite their different lifestyles, according to latest research. Although the birds were provided with food and protected from predators, footage shows that flamingos at WWT Slimbridg...

Fish and chips: Eels microchipped to track species on the brink
27 Sep 2018

Fish and chips: Eels microchipped to track species on the brink

Wild eels are being microchipped, similar to the way people microchip their pets, in an attempt by conservationists from WWT to better understand their activity. The study at Slimbridge in South Gloucester will allow scientists to monitor how eels are ...

Bewick's cygnet numbers in Arctic early sign of bumper breeding season
31 Aug 2018

Bewick's cygnet numbers in Arctic early sign of bumper breeding season

Our experts made the exciting discovery during their annual 2000-mile trip to the Arctic to ring the critically endangered birds. After spotting just one cygnet last year, Conservation Scientist Kane Brides and Reserve Warden David Dinsley sighted 24 c...

Heatwave makes flamingos broody for first time in 15 years
09 Aug 2018

Heatwave makes flamingos broody for first time in 15 years

The rare flock of Andean flamingos at WWT Slimbridge have become foster parents to chicks from their near-relatives, Chilean flamingos, after the hot spell triggered them to lay their first eggs since 2003. The record-breaking temperatures sparked six ...